Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Helping Teens Find Jobs (& The Rest of the Population)

Cool Works was featured this morning on the Today Show in a piece about finding jobs for teens with Jean Chatzky and Matt Lauer. I think we've all heard the stats that jobs for teenagers are hard to come by and that only 1 in 4 are expected to find work this summer. When I was a teen, I certainly worked the connections made through my dad and believe in "it's who you know," but I do agree with Jean's point that the connections may get teens in the door, but not necessarily the job.

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They do talk about it not being too late in June to find a job, and really it's not. Check out our Help Wanted Now and Highlighted Jobs pages for evidence of that. However, for future summers, our experience is that employers post the bulk of their jobs in the late fall and early winter so it can definitely be advantageous to be the early bird.

They also talk about the job seeker's presentation from Facebook to physical appearance as being important for helping to get the jobs.

Good luck out there! And, as always, get in touch if you need help finding or posting a job.


HR software solution said...

Having career guidance in the HS curriculum will certainly help. Of course, they should be taught the basics of how to apply for a job.

kevin said...

I think people who work in any Human Resources Department are lazy. Furthermore, I believe that a big part of America’s economy fail due to people not being able to find jobs starts at Human Resources. Here is how: Let us say I apply online, which most jobs require now, and my application is received by a computer generated system which is overlooked by people who work in Human Resources. Those computers or people go through the application and resume if submitted and highlight certain key words or phrases and that’s how applications are determined if they are worthy enough for interview material. Now, here’s my problem with this. Those Human Resources people may not know jack squat about someone’s work history. There might be some real relevant experience shown in the resume but is overlooked because the computer or Human Resources individual is not familiar with a certain area of prior work experience. So, that application is going to be kicked aside and a generated email will be sent out to inform you that your application will be kept on file. Now how is possible that someone has 8 years of experience in the exact same career field that they are applying for and receive an email saying that they did not meet the qualifications. Well, this is a problem. There are thousands upon thousands of people with substantial work experience that are being denied everyday due to this FACT. If people are so blind to see this, then there is a much bigger problem in America than what we thought. People, yes may be lazy and not want to work, but for the ones who try the Human Resources Department is hurting the job hunting for Americans. What ever happened to walk-in-applying? What happened to managers actually interviewing everyone for a fair chance to get the job? What Happened To Equality?